Apply for a food licence

The Food Act 2006 outlines the requirement for particular food businesses to apply and hold a licence with council to operate within the local community.

A food business which meets one or more of the following criteria, must have a licence to operate:

  • Involves the manufacture of food
  • Is carried on by an entity other than a non-profit organisation and involves the sale of unpackaged food by retail
  • Is carried on by a non-profit organisation and involves the sale, on at least 12 days each financial year, of meals prepared by the organisation at a particular place

A Food Licence will only be granted to someone who has the skills and knowledge to perform the required functions of the food business.

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If you are unsure if your business requires a licence, contact council's Health and Regulatory Services to speak with an Environmental Health Officer on 1300 MACKAY (622 529) or email